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Sana Mir tops women ODI bowling rankings

Last Modified Tuesday, 23 October 2018 (16:38 IST)
Dubai: bowler topped the wicket takers' chart even as Pakistan went down 3-0 to in their ICC Women's Championship series.
The series sweep was a good one for Australia, who extended their lead over New Zealand at the top of the table, while losses outnumbered wins for Pakistan, who are now down at No 6, just above South Africa and Sri Lanka on the table.
 
But Mir, the 32-year-old former captain, had a good time out in Kuala Lumpur with her off-spin, returning 3/26, 1/37 and 3/53 to end at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Women's ODI player rankings for bowlers with a career-high 663 points.
 
That lifted her three spots on the table, as she went past Marizanne Kapp of South Africa and Australia's Megan Schutt as well as the out-of-action Jess Jonassen of Australia, who slipped from No 1 to No 4.
 
Ashleigh Gardner, the Australia off-spinner, also had a great time of it, with the ball of course, but also with the bat.
 
She made the difference in the final game, where Alyssa Healy's 97 was the top score for Australia, but Gardner's 37-ball 62* from No 7 and then 3/44 was the real match-winning effort.
 
Gardner moved up to a career-best No 17 (up nine spots) among bowlers as a result, and also to No 50 with a jump of eight spots in the list for batters.
 
Meg Lanning, the Australia captain, was in great form in the second game, hitting 124. She retained her No 2 spot in the batters' table, with 675 points, only six behind compatriot Ellyse Perry at the top.
 
Nicole Bolton, meanwhile, didn't have a good series, and dropped out of the top 10 after slipping six spots. Allysa Healy, however, went up two places to joint No 16 ? with South Africa's Laura Wolvaardt.. The 574 points is her best to date.
 
Among the Pakistan batters, Nahida Khan was solid, scoring 17, 66 and 37, and is now the 25th best in the world with a career-best 497 points.(UNI)
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